To improve performance, Jimmy has moved to a new server again. If you are happy to send and receive mail without security (SSL) then hopefully you won’t know what the fuss is about, and everything will still be working as ever. If you use SSL then the server names for incoming and outgoing mail have changed from coventry01 to RL08. But see below for future-proof server.
Jimmy has installed a simpler solution that will prevent the need to change your settings again in future. Use scoraig.com as the server both in and out, and SSL will work on that server forever amen. You may get some warnings that the certificate is not valid but Jimmy assures me that it actually is and you can ignore them.
Here again are the older settings that will hopefully work on any server, but do not support SSL
Incoming Server: mail.scoraig.com
• IMAP: Port 143
• POP3: Port 110
Outgoing Server: mail.scoraig.com
• SMTP: Port 26
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Scoraig Community Association
Minutes of a meeting held on 22.3.15
Present: Laurence Glass, Cathy Dagg, Dale Nicholson, Aggie Brudenell, David Bush, Zoe Fothergill, Martha Kerr, Luke Richards, Jan Betts, Paul Betts, Wojcieck Paszczyk, Jessie Millard
Apologies: Bill Burstall, Lisa Grant, Estha Rushforth
1.Minutes of previous meeting approved
2.Letter from Bill re. Boat maintenance schedule and firefighting equipment was read out to meeting.
3.Firefighting: A site has been chosen by the SSS gate for the beaters and land-drain holder. Aggie will dig the hole. 25 litre water containers are in the nursery shed and Jonah has tarp for covering them when they’re placed out on the hill. Paul and Luke offered to help get the containers into place along the ridge.
4 Road Maintenance: The last invoice has gone to HC but has not yet been paid. It was agreed that in future all timesheets should be submitted within 2 months of work being completed in order to keep our accounting up to date. At present there is no money to pay people, but voluntary work is always welcome. People could take responsibility for the sections below or through their crofts in terms of clearing ditches and culverts and diverting water flowing down tracks.
Davy has done a costing for creating a turning circle below no.10. John Sangster has said he will still dig sand from the quarry above his, but will have to charge £35 per hour from now on. Agreed that it’s still probably worth it as he can shift a lot of sand in an hour. Paul Betts pointed out that he too has a digger.
There followed a discussion about the need for capping pebbles with sand. Paul wondered if a dry sand/cement mix would be preferable, Laurence thought it would be too dry to go off. There was interest in trying a short section at the bottom of Chris’s hill.
Sleeping policemen below the Secondary School have not yet been put in. This could be done as part of the proposed volunteer day
There will be a volunteer road mending day on Sunday 10th May
Bags of cement have been dumped in the pier shed and should be removed if anyone knows who they belong to. There is a problem with bins being filled with non-Scoraig rubbish when they are not locked, and with ordinary rubbish being put in the recycling bin so that the entire binfull had to go to landfill. Bill has spare bin keys if anyone has lost theirs
Peter Young’s shed is falling down, Laurence will contact him to ask what his plans are.
Present: Jill, Aggie, Estha, Mairead, Chisha and Zoë
Apologies: Lisa, Anthea, Jessie
Zoë to take minutes. Jill to chair. Next meeting Tuesday 2 June at 11am.
End of Year Accounts – New excel format, new petty cash policy 1 cashier, standing float, Bunkhouse income BACS or cheque.
VAT – STG eligible for reduced rate VAT as charity – form to return to HMRC with most recent accounts to receive certificate.
Office Computer – Thanks to Lee, looking into transfer of files from office computer to external hard drive to facilitate access.
Signatories – Finally completed after much delay/frustration – complaint registered, compensation awarded to STG of £620.40.
Fuel – It was decided any future long-term tenants will be liable to provide their own fuel eg coal and gas.
Summer Bookings – 2 bookings taken already. Further promotion necessary for summer period between Monday 6 July – Friday 14 August. Update website to reflect this, post on Scoraig small ads, contact tourist office, post ad on gumtree. Zoë to do.
Alternative Accommodation Options – As there is currently a long-term tenant and there may again be, it would be good to add more info to the website about alternative options for accommodation. Zoë will co-ordinate.
New Bunkhouse – There was also the suggestion that funding streams could be explored to finance a new purpose built bunkhouse and this should be discussed with SCA, to see if there is interest, and if so, to establish a feasibility group.
Annual Maintenance Schedule – Water crisis at the weekend – filter needs to be changed on a regular basis so Aggie will do so in future. Rayburn needs to be looked after too. Suggested that an annual maintenance schedule is devised and followed. Zoë will prepare a draft for consideration at the next meeting.
Stools ready for use – awaiting feedback from school. (Thanks to Ewan Bush for collection and delivery).
Lighting – Thanks to Hugh for the test spots in kitchen. Consensus please swap out cool white for warm. After discussion, Zoë to explore uplighters too for a more diffuse light option.
Chairs – very comfy and met with general approval – felt feet needed for chairs – Zoë to source in Inverness.
Nursery Toilet Floor – thanks to W for doing it, looks good, still requires some finishing mastic.
Blinds – Kitchen ok for projectors for the time being – we will continue to explore more permanent alternatives for both spaces.
STG Volunteer Day – Old well needs to be filled in. Suggested could combine with other jobs for an STG volunteer day. Bench varnishing to be included. Sunday 5 July is suggested date.
Windmill Workshop – went well – dinners hosted in the school – very positive feedback – £100 earned for STG.
Recurring Water Leak – either roof or water tank – Aggie to contact Aaron to come and give the roof a once over.
Teacher on Committee – In response to offer STG would be delighted to have a primary school teacher join the committee.
Jorgen Talk – projection worked well – described as very inspiring.
AGM – Wednesday 24 June – afternoon tea from 3pm meeting at 4pm.
Polish Food Night – Chisha proposes to host Polish Food night to fundraise for her education.
Children’s Party – Ellie and Don have expressed interest to book school for birthday party at the end of September.
From mid April to mid May the Danish journalist and author Jørgen Steen Nielsen will be staying on Scoraig to work on a book on the global ecological and financial challenges and the need for a transition to a sustainable, resilient way of living.
He has written on this subject for many years for his paper, Danish daily Information, and in a number of previous books. On Scoraig he will give a public talk to inspire discussion and learn from people living here. Trained as a biologist Jørgen Steen Nielsen’s starting point is the climate and ecological crisis, but seeing this as closely linked to the globalized growth economy he will discuss the challenges as well as the efforts made to pave the way for a new economy.
The lecture will be given at
Scoraig Secondary School on Wednesday 15th April at 8 p.m
There will be a meeting of Scoraig Community Association on Sunday
22nd March at 4pm in the Secondary School
Present: Aggie, Estha, Anthea, Zoë, Jessie, Chisha
Apologies: Jill, Lisa, Mairead
Bookings for Secondary School:
(a) Pasta/pizza night – Sat 14th March
(b) Anthea’s pre-birthday bash – Sat 4th April
(c) Jorgen Neilson talk – Wed 15th April time 8pm t.b.c.
Changes to the constitution were discussed and will be circulated to all the committee for further comment.
Present: Jill, Aggie, Chisha, Zoë, Anthea, Mairead, Jessie
Apologies: Lisa, Estha
(1) Next meeting: meeting set for Thursday 5th March 2015 in 6 weeks time
(2) Admin update:
(a) Accounts – Cash Flow Manager updated Aug-Dec ’14 with associated documentation.
Current Balance £4,620.20
(b) Signatories – Joany removed and Zoë added will be finalised when branch visited to confirm ID.
(c) Bank Account Statements – address delivery admin error now corrected by bank.
(d) Rates Rebate – Form completed and returned to Highland Council (HC) awaiting outcome.
(e) Village Halls Grant Scheme – Application for £1K submitted to HC (including accounts retyped for 2010 -14).
(f) Online registration – STG now registered online with Zurich Insurance and OSCR.
(g) Office – External Hard Drive supplied by Tommy to transfer data from office computer but yet to be done – committee suggested contact Lee to facilitate the process.
(h) Chairs and stools – researched sources of both and shared with the committee
(a) Rental agreement: Administrator to arrange rental agreement with Claire until end of June.
(b) Fridge /freezers: The problems with fridge and freezers are now being dealt with. Thanks to all who have tried to help solve the problem.
(c) Electrics: Hugh asked to look at electric supply from windmill to Driftwood at some point.
(4) Secondary School
(a) Chairs: It was decided to buy new chairs for the Secondary school. In order to raise funds for this an all day cafe event has been proposed. Date to be decided.
(b) Leak: Solutions will be invited to solve problem of leak just inside door of Secondary school.
(c) Gas Smell: John is going to investigate gas smell in kitchen.
(5) Hearing Loop: Discussion ongoing about the possible instalation of a hearing loop in the secondary school.
(6) Events: Various events discussed, dates to be decided.
(7) Constitution: Further discussion about changes to STG constitution. This will be considered over coming months in readiness for AGM.
Scoraig Community Association
Present: Laurence Glass, Cathy Dagg, David Bush, Wojcieck Paszczyk, Andy Cox, Jill Beavitt, Jan Betts, Paul Betts, Luke Richards, Dale Nicolson, Aggie Brudenell, Bev Beavitt, Jessie Millard, Martha Kerr, Estha Rushforth, Bill Burstall
1.Minutes of meeting held on 19.11.14 were approved
Bill stressed the importance of having an anchor, properly attached, and knowing how and when to use it is more important than having oars.
Agreed that W will take responsibility for ensuring boat is properly equipped, and someone will go through a service list with him. Andy Cox will continue to ensure there is fuel.
New mooring rope will be fitted during Easter holidays
Bill things pebble bags are still the best option for the top track, but there is concern John Sangster’s quarry may be exhausted. Work done with Nigel’s tractor and trailer was good and should be repeated.
Sleeping policemen at the secondary school: there are old posts in the Badluarach car park, or if these are too rotten some telegraph posts . Martha and David will ferry them over.
Next meeting 21st March Cathy